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Speaking of Silence: The Languages of Sacred Space

"How can a faith community support personal prayer as well as weekly assembly for Eucharist and other group activities?  One answer lies in creating or setting aside space designated for contemplation."  John Cuningham and David Keller describe the inspiration and design of an oratory at the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.

Photos provided by Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A.

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Reconfiguring Parish: Some Impacts of Catholic Sacramental Imagination

Michael Weldon, OFM writes, "American Catholics are attached to their churches.  One of most troubling issues emerging from the attempts to restructure parishes in different the intense conflict that arises among people with the reconfiguring of local church.  [It] likewise reveals a unique American meaning of sacred space at the affective level of the heart."

Photo by Michael Jensen of the Church of the Ascension, Minneapolis, MN

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